Jimmie Hale thrift store holds grand opening
by James Phillips
Jun 13, 2012 | 2277 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County recently sponsored a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Mission Possible Bargain Center, located in Jasper behind Burger King and CVS. - Photo by: James Phillips.
The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County recently sponsored a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Mission Possible Bargain Center, located in Jasper behind Burger King and CVS. - Photo by: James Phillips.
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Jasper’s newest thrift store celebrated its grand opening last week with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Mission Possible Bargain Center, located behind CVS and Burger King at 714 U.S. Highway 78 East, has been open for about a month, but the store welcomed city officials and members of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County with the grand opening ceremony on June 7.

Mission Possible is a branch of the Jimmie Hale Mission. All proceeds at the thrift store go to help the mission’s ministries. Adam Hazel, director of the Mission Possible centers, said Jimmy Hale is happy to be in Jasper.

“This is a market that we’ve looked at for some time,” Hazel said. “This is such a great community, and we are excited about this new store.”

The Jasper store is Mission Possible’s seventh location. Hazel said four stores have been opened in the past year. The other locations include Adamsville, Eastwood, Hanceville, Homewood, Pinson and Woodlawn.

“We’ve seen a lot of growth recently, and we are thankful for that,” Hazel said. “The better our stores do, the more people our ministries can help.”

Jimmie Hale’s ministries include Shepura Men Center (a downtown Birmingham homeless shelter and recovery program for men), Royal Pines Center (a rural, recovery program for men), Jessie’s Place (an intermediate shelter for homeless women and children) and Stewart Learning Centers (offering education remediation and employment readiness). According to the Jimmie Hale Mission’s 2011 annual report, 85 cents of every donor dollar goes to program services due to profits generated by the group’s thrift stores and funds received from an annual residual trust.

“For us, it’s about helping people,” Hazel said.

While numbers were not available on how many people from Walker County have been helped by Jimmie Hale Mission, Hazel said people from throughout the Birmingham metro area are helped by their ministries.

Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey was at the grand opening ceremony and welcomed the thrift store to the city.

“We are happy to have this group here,” he said. “Like many other organizations in our area, they are dedicated to helping people. We want to support that.”

For more information on the Jasper Mission Possible store or to schedule a donation pickup, call 205-387-1188. Items can also be dropped off at the store during store hours, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. All donated items are tax deductible.